The Flavors of Summer

From buttery corn on the cob to cool mint mojitos, favorite summertime foods abound. This collection of summer-inspired flavors is sure to whet your appetite. We’ve included all the summertime classics, from basic preparations like pasta primavera, to unexpected treats like grilled balsamic strawberries!

Getting Saucy with Your Food

There’s absolutely no limit to what combinations of solid and liquid ingredients can be called a sauce. From soy to salsa, the textures, flavors, and purposes vary widely and are used at any and every point in the cooking process from the first step of preparation right up to the point of presentation at table.


Mise en Place Part I: Oil

In this classic three-part mise en place, oil multitasks by binding the salt and pepper, lubricating the surface of the meat to enhance development of an exterior crust and to keep the meat from sticking to the cooking vessel, and, depending on your choice of oil, contributing to the overall flavor of the prepared meat.


Ask the Butcher: What do you put on your hot dog?

Hot dogs are the perfect menu item for a lazy summer day, a quick-grill dinner, a picnic on the beach, or a cook-out with friends. To celebrate all that the hot dog is, the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council has declared July as National Hot Dog Month! There is even National Hot Dog Day on July 20 for all hot dog lovers to load up the toppings and devour their favorite franks.

It’s not just all about the best steaks with the Lobels—they enjoy a great grilled dog as well! Curious to know what a master butcher puts on his hot dog? So were we—so we asked!


Ask the Butcher: How are you celebrating Independence Day?

The next big holiday is the Fourth of July. It’s one of those holidays where everyone seems to be outside, enjoying the weather, having parties, and watching fireworks. We asked the Lobels how they plan to spend this summertime holiday.


Is it done yet?

Ultimately, for maximum satisfaction—and the safest and most accurate way to test for internal temperature of your steak or burger—an instant-read thermometer has no equal.

Analog versions are good, albeit slow. Digital versions are better, mainly because they provide faster and more precise results, and many have calibrating features to keep them accurate.


Barbecued Chicken: High in the Pecking Order of Summer Favorites

Is there anything better on a hot summer day than driving in your car with the windows open and getting hit with the stop-you-in-your-tracks aroma of chicken being barbecued somewhere?

Whether in someone’s backyard, in a church parking lot, at the local firehouse, in a park, or on the beach, every one of them aspires to golden-charred finish. Yet the recipes and methods used to get there burst into myriad variations—hardly two alike. (more…)

New Video! How to Sauté

A sautéed dish is the perfect quick-prep meal for rainy summer days or for cuts that are too small for the grill. Plus, a great sauté provides the basis for a delectable pan sauce, which will elevate your meal from just another dinner to a meal to remember!


Food & Beer Pairings You Have to Try this Summer

American Craft Beer Week falls in May, and we look forward to it every year—nearly as much as we look forward to dusting off our grills and throwing a thick Porterhouse down over the flames!

Being butchers who have practiced and honed our craft for five generations, we can appreciate the expertise, skill, and care that go into making a fine craft brew. We are passionate about cutting meat, sourcing the very best meat, and providing our customers with a peak dining experience. We feel that craft brewers are just as passionate about providing a delicious, high-quality, refreshing brew with every frothy glass.

Being cookbook authors and devoted home-cooks, we also love a great entrée and beverage pairing. We know how a fantastic meal can be elevated to new heights by a perfect pairing with a delicious microbrew—and vice versa.

So in honor of America’s craft brewers, grilling season, and great cuts of meat, we’ve put together some tantalizing pairings that you’ve really got to try! (more…)

Wood, Flame and Smoke: Agents of Flavor

When it comes to flavor, cooking with wood is the definitive game changer. Meat over a wood fire—it’s a link to our earliest ancestors. It’s earthy and primal and tastes like nothing else. Whether used as fuel, flame accelerator, or smoking medium, wood logs, chunks, and chips contribute their highly individual flavors to the finished dish as equal in importance as any other seasoning, spice, or herb.


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